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Better 'checkers' lead Ohio State Buckeyes' evolving offense — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The first Ohio State game plan of the season was light on offensive variety. It didn't include many changes in personnel. There weren't a lot of adjustments that could be made as the Buckeyes focused largely on doing just a few things well instead of risking the possibility of spreading themselves too thin.

Big Ten morning links — Working for the weekend -- and the return of Big Ten football? Let's pass the time together. 1. Buzz-building weekend: For all the problems generating much hype for teams in the Big Ten early in the season, it doesn't seem to really be slowing down individuals in the league heading into the final weekend of October.

Ohio State Buckeyes RBs work together to form a powerful unit — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A powerful unit rolls into a meeting room all together on time, even if it's 6:30 in the morning. This football band of brothers known as the Ohio State running backs knows which member may have needed to sleep at the practice facility to make it that early during a bye week, or which guy was most likely to have skipped brushing his teeth.

Buckeyes have seen best, worst of Rutgers QB Gary Nova — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The easiest way to catch the attention of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is to put up huge passing numbers against Michigan. A surefire way to get cornerbacks a little more focused for an upcoming quarterback is to put a lot of interceptions on film.

Big Ten morning links — How is it possible that half of the season is already gone? Why does it seem like time is dragging until Saturday every week? Life and football are truly mysteries. 1.

Ohio State Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett making correct run-game decisions — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a right and wrong choice for a quarterback operating Ohio State's zone-rushing attack, and really it's not that hard to figure out which is which. As Tom Herman reviews the film or draws up something from the playbook, schematically there might be an optimal read.

Big Ten Monday mailbag — So, the streak of Monday mailbags from me leading to chaotic Saturdays ended last week at one, but I still think we should give it another test. If nothing else, it's a great way to keep the time moving until football returns in the Big Ten again.

B1G early look: Setting up Week 8 — Another weekend with four teams sitting on the couch is on tap, but there is still plenty of intrigue packed into the five Big Ten matchups slated for Saturday. With Week 7 in the books, let's peek ahead at what's in store. 1.

Big Ten Helmet Stickers: Week 7 — Honoring the best and brightest performances from Saturday's action in the Big Ten. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: After a sluggish start by his high standards, the star running back is rolling now and could be regaining some traction as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 7 — Five observations from an interesting Saturday in the Big Ten: 1. Gophers are contenders: The wins aren't usually pretty, but it doesn't take any style points to win a conference championship.
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Oct 23, 2014

Ohio State is only the second B1G team to score 50 points or more in four straight games -- and first since 1903.

Oct 23, 2014

How far have the Buckeyes come since the season started? Urban Meyer's play sheet is now 70 percent bigger.

Oct 23, 2014

Once more since I had so much fun: Inside Access with OSU RBs | Touring Urban Meyer's office…

Oct 23, 2014

@BenAxelrod Why didn't you just point @natty_marie to those two Inside Access stories I wrote yesterday? And yes, you can use my HBO Go.

Oct 23, 2014

Great inside look from @BennettESPN on how Michigan State finds recruiting gems.

Oct 23, 2014

The Ohio State running backs have formed a powerful unit. I joined them for a 6:30 a.m. meeting to find out how.

Oct 23, 2014

Start your Thursday the best way possible: With some B1G morning links.

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